28th November 1922. Honouring Churchill.

Winston Churchill received over a memorable life many Orders, Decorations and Medals ranging from the Khedive Sudan Medal Clasp, Khartoum in his early days, to that received Today in 1922  when after an audience of King George V to take leave as Colonial Secretary, he was invested as a Companion of Honour (CH), which had been conferred in Lloyd George’s resignation list.

Sudan Medal 1896.

Sudan Medal 1896.

The prestigious Order of Merit (Civil Division) came in 1946 to be followed by the biggest honour that of the Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter in 1953.  

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Order of Merit.

Churchill was receiving honours, with the Cuban Medal, from an early age having gone to Cuba for the Daily Graphic in 1895 to report on its fight for independence from the Spanish, and where he came under fire on his 21st birthday.

Then there was the Queen’s Sudan Medal (1896-98), having fought in the last cavalry charge in history at Omdurman in 1898. Then having served in the sub-continent, came the India Medal (1895-1902) with clasp.

After WWI he received The British War Medal and The 1914-15 Star, as he served in France 1915-16. Then later The Croix de Guerre (1939-45) of both France and Belgium, and The Order of the Elephant of Denmark (1950).

One of the most bizarre was the Grand Sash of the High Order of Sayyid Mohammed bin Ali of Senoussi (1962).

In 1953 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature; however he was later said to be disappointed that it was not the Peace Prize, and as he was in Bermuda at the time he got Clementine to collect the award.

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WWI Star.

However he was pleased enough at the time: ‘It is all settled about the Nobel Prize: £12,100 free of tax. Not so bad’.

Churchill’s honours, amounting to dozens, are only equalled by the number of posts he held: seven by the age of 44 in 1918, and by the number of residences he lived in.

But the only place he owned and found solace and where he pursued his many interests, despite being an ongoing financial burden, was Chartwell in Kent, now in the hands of the National Trust.

References:

wikipedia.org/order_of_merit and companion_of_honour.

northeastmedals.co.uk. sudan-medals.

wikipedia.org/collar_of_order_of_elephant.

wikipedia.org/honours and medals.ribbons.

bibliotecapleyades.net/Pic of Garter.

 

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My name is Colin Dunkerley who having spent two years in the Royal Army Pay Corps ploughed many a barren industrial furrow until drawn to the 'chalk-face' as a teacher, now retired. I have spent the last 15 years researching all aspects of life in Britain since Roman times.

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